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‘Voices from the “Jungle” - Stories From The Calais Refugee Camp’
Wednesday 26th April, 7pm
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‘Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on foot’ with Tom Jeffreys
Thursday 4th May 7pm
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‘Hook Magazine Issue 2 Launch’ with Esme Rose
Friday 5th May, 7pm
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‘Surviving The Future: culture, carnival, and capital in the aftermath of the market economy’ with Shaun Chamberlin
Wednesday 10th May, 7pm
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'Crises in Paris: Racism, fascism, police brutality & terrorism' with Dr Moustafa Traore
Sat 13th May, 6.30pm
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‘Chelsea Manning's Freedom Celebration’
Wednesday 17th May, 7pm
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‘One Year Anniversary of Elephant’ with Siana Bangura and Special Guests
Thursday 18th May, 7pm
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‘From Inside’ with Anthony Howell
Wednesday 31st May, 7pm
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'Threads: From the Refugee Crisis’ with Kate Evans
Wednesday 7th June, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

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PLUTO PRESS TAKEOVER
‘Voices from the “Jungle” -
Stories From The Calais Refugee Camp’
Wednesday 26th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Often called the Calais Jungle, the refugee camp in Northern France epitomises for many the suffering, uncertainty, and violence that characterizes the lives of many refugees in Europe today. Migrants from ravaged countries, such as Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Eritrea, arrive by the hundreds every day hoping for sanctuary from their war-torn homelands and a chance to settle in Europe. Going beyond superficial media reports, Voices from the “Jungle” gives voice to the unique individuals living in the camp—people who have made the difficult journey from devastated countries simply looking for peace.

In this moving collection of individual testimonies, Calais refugees speak directly in powerful and vivid stories, offering their memories up with stunning honesty. They tell of their childhood dreams and struggles for education; the genocides, wars, and persecution that drove them from home; the simultaneous terror and strength that filled their extraordinary journeys; the realities of living in the Calais refugee camp; and their deepest hopes for the future.

Through their stories, these refugees paint a picture of a different kind of Jungle—a powerful sense of community that has grown despite evictions and attacks and a solidarity that crosses national and religious boundaries. Interspersed with photos taken by the camp's inhabitants, taught by award-winning photographers Gideon Mendel and Crispin Hughes, original artwork by inhabitants, and powerful poems, Voices from the “Jungle” must be read by anyone seeking to understand the human consequences of our current world crisis.

Reviews

Julie Christie
"These first-hand accounts of the suffering endured by refugees fleeing unmitigated horror in their homelands paints a far more vivid picture than anything we read in the press or see on television. If you want to understand fully the extent of what refugees are being forced to endure under our very noses, please read this book."

JJ Bola
"Home is the first thing we experience as human beings in this world; somewhere we know, safe and warm, somewhere that keeps us. When we are forced out, we lose a little bit of ourselves; leaving us less whole. However, through these poems, these stories, we reclaim that home and the humanity that is lost with what comes with being labelled a refugee. Writing this is not only a way for the world to know us, but a way that we may know ourselves, once again."

‘Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on foot’
with Tom Jeffreys
Thursday 4th May 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

A pyschogeographic tale of the failures of capitalism, of community, of the city and the suburbs, of architecture and agriculture, and, in the end, of our age-old failure to find our place in the world we live in...

One November morning, Tom Jeffreys set off from Euston Station with a gnarled old walking stick in his hand and an overloaded rucksack. His aim was to walk the 119 miles from London to Birmingham along the proposed route of HS2. Needless to say, he failed.

Over the course of ten days of walking, Jeffreys meets conservationists and museum directors, fiery farmers and suicidal retirees. From a rapidly changing London, through interminable suburbia, and out into the English countryside, Jeffreys goes wild camping in Perivale, flees murderous horses in Oxfordshire, and gets lost in a landfill site in Buckinghamshire.

Signal Failure weaves together poetry and politics, history, philosophy and personal observation to form an extended exploration of people and place, nature, society, and the future.

In part, Signal Failure is the story of the author’s multiple shortcomings – his inability to understand the city he lives in, to forge a meaningful relationship with his home-county hometown, to emulate those great nature writers he admires so much, to put up a tent or read a map.

About the author

Tom Jeffreys is a writer, editor and occasional curator with a particular interest in contemporary art that crosses over into the sciences or explores our relationship with the environment. His work has been published in, among others, Monocle, Apollo, Vice, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, Cricinfo, and World of Interiors. He is also online editor for the Institute of Art and Ideas and editor of The Learned Pig, an online magazine with four areas of interest: art, thinking, nature, writing.

INDIE MAG WEEK
‘Hook Magazine Issue 2 Launch’ with Esme Rose
Friday 5th May, 7pm
Free entry

Housmans celebrates the end of #IndieMagWeek with the launch of the second issue of independent feminist magazine Hook.

Reviews

http://metalmagazine.eu/en/post/interview/esme-rose-we-are-hooked

About the Editor

Esme Rose lives the five year old’s dream of cut and stick. Through her favourite medium of collage and a distaste for the hierarchies of glossy magazines - she created Hook. She found that her dichotomy of interests in indie publishing and spirit/the occult provided scope to create a zine that opens these subjects up to a larger audience. Hook Magazine was a blog for four years before she was able to take the leap to print - an inevitable step for someone that’s been creating zines about polar bears since she was 8.

‘Surviving The Future:
culture, carnival, and capital in the aftermath of the market economy’
with Shaun Chamberlin
Wednesday 10th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Shaun Chamberlin introduces the posthumous work of David Fleming, who explored practical ways of repairing and replacing the atrophied social structures on which most human cultures are built, so as to form the basis of a cohesive society that might survive the turbulent times to come.

Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of four hundred and four interlinked dictionary entries, inviting readers to choose their own path through its radical vision.

Recognising that Lean Logic’s sheer size and unusual structure can be daunting, Fleming’s long-time collaborator Shaun Chamberlin has selected and edited one of these potential narratives to create Surviving the Future. The content, rare insights, and uniquely enjoyable writing style remain Fleming’s, but are presented here at a more accessible paperback-length and in conventional read-it-front-to-back format.

The subtitle—Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy—hints at Fleming’s vision. He believed that the market economy will not survive its inherent flaws beyond the early decades of this century, and that its failure will bring great challenges, but he did not dwell on this: “We know what we need to do. We need to build the sequel, to draw on inspiration which has lain dormant, like the seed beneath the snow.”

Surviving the Future lays out a compelling and powerfully different new economics for a post-growth world.  One that relies not on taut competitiveness and eternally increasing productivity—“putting the grim into reality”—but on the play, humor, conversation, and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture. Building on a remarkable breadth of intellectual and cultural heritage—from Keynes to Kumar, Homer to Huxley, Mumford to MacIntyre, Scruton to Shiva, Shakespeare to Schumacher—Fleming describes a world in which, as he says, “there will be time for music.”

This is the world that many of us want to live in, yet we are told it is idealistic and unrealistic. With an evident mastery of both economic theory and historical precedent, Fleming shows that it is not only desirable, but actually the only system with a realistic claim to longevity. With friendliness, humour, and charm, Surviving the Future plucks this vision out of our daydreams and shows us how to make it real.

Reviews
“I would unreservedly go so far as to say that David Fleming was one of the most original, brilliant, urgently-needed, underrated, and ahead-of-his-time thinkers of the last 50 years. History will come to place him alongside Schumacher, Berry, Seymour, Cobbett, and those other brilliant souls who could not just imagine a more resilient world but who could paint a picture of it in such vivid colours. Step into the world of David Fleming; you'll be so glad you did.”--Rob Hopkins, cofounder of the Transition Network

About the author

Shaun Chamberlin has been involved with the Transition Network since its inception, cofounding Transition Town Kingston and authoring the movement’s second book, The Transition Timeline. He is managing director of the Fleming Policy Centre and former chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative, and has spoken at venues ranging from Occupy camps to parliaments. In exploring the cultural narratives charting society’s course he has written for or edited a diverse range of books, magazines, academic journals, and other publications, including co-authoring a significant UK All Party Parliamentary report with his close friend and regular collaborator David Fleming. His website is www.darkoptimism.org

 

PEACE NEWS PRESENT
‘Chelsea Manning's Freedom Celebration’
Wednesday 17th May, 7pm
Free entry


Join us to mark the day the U.S. whistleblower Chelsea Manning walks free from military prison. Speakers from Veterans for Peace to be confirmed. Wine, soft drinks and snacks provided.

Chelsea Manning is a whistleblower who was working for the US military as a data analyst during the US-led coalition war in Afghanistan. She is currently serving a 35-year sentence in military prison for leaking classified US government documents to the Wikileaks website, and revealing to the public that the US army, the CIA and Iraqi and Afghan forces committed human rights violations.
Chelsea has always claimed that she released information in the public interest. The crimes she exposed have never been investigated.

In one of his final acts before leaving office, US President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence; the 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17th May, instead of her scheduled 2045 release.

'Crises in Paris: Racism, fascism, police brutality & terrorism'
with Dr Moustafa Traore

Sat 13th May, 6.30pm
£5 suggested entry


France is going through an intense combination of terrorist attacks, police brutality, the rise of fascism, a state of emergency and a general rise and intensification of racism for African, Arab, Asian and migrant communities. This event seeks to explore these issues just after the French national elections.

*Dr Moustafa Traore is of Malian heritage who grew up in Paris in the 'banlieue' and is an academic and runs the website www.anopeneye.org . His area of research and advocacy is in the processes of integration and assimilation inherited from colonialism that shape the social cohesion and multiculturalism we experience today France and in Britain. Troare is also a co-ordinator at the Malcolm X Movement.

POET IN RESIDENCE EVENT
‘One Year Anniversary of Elephant’
with Siana Bangura and Special Guests
Thursday 18th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Poet in Residence Siana Bangura returns to Housmans to celebrate the one year anniversary of the publication of her award winning debut collection of poetry, Elephant. Special guests to be announced.

Earlier this year, Housmans was proud to announce our very first Poet in Residence as Siana Bangura.

Siana is a poet and founder of Intersectional Black Feminist Platform, No Fly on the WALL. As Housmans’ Poet in Residence, Siana celebrated the launch by reading from Elephant and outlining her plans for the residency. Her special guests included poet Aliyah Hasinah and signer songwriter Asabi Hawah. Aliyah performed her own poetry and Asabi provided an acoustic set for the evening.

Elephant tackles issues such as black womanhood, gender and racial politics, as well as family, fatherlessness, identity, Black British girlhood, unemployment, gentrification, disenfranchisement, love and loss.

As Poet in Residence, Siana will also curate three poetry workshops over an 8 month period, finalising in a closing event in October 2017 in which she will announce the next Housmans’ Poet in Residence. Further details can be found here.

We are delighted to welcome such a talented poet and committed activist and look forward to her events and workshops. Please follow Housmans and Siana on social media to keep updated with regards to the Poet in Residence events.

Reviews

“[She] is one seriously amazing force to reckon with. This prolific blogger, spoken word artist, poet, writer and women’s right activist is more than just a cute face and fashionista – her lyrics run deep with meaning and touch a raw nerve that allows us all to connect with each other on the most simple, yet intricate level – as human beings. And then there’s her sweet and demure performance style that is captivating, simply allowing her words and unique flow to seep into her soul one minute and the next sweep you into into a hurricane of letters!” – Emma Ako, Carpe Diem Nights, September 2015

About the Poet

Siana Bangura is a writer, blogger, poet and freelance journalist from London. She is the founder of Intersectional Black Feminist Platform, No Fly on the WALL. She is the author of Elephant, a candid collection of poetry on black womanhood, black British identity, migration, love and loss; and she is the producer of 1,500 And Counting (www.1500andcountingfilm.com). You can follow her on Twitter (@Sianaarrgh) and find out more about the project at www.sianabangura.com.

POETRY IN THE VAULTS
‘From Inside’
with Anthony Howell
Wednesday 31st May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

“In a sluggish society, as actual societies are, tradition is ever lapsing into superstition, and the violent stimulus of novelty is required.” - T.S Eliot

Housmans is very pleased to welcome poet Anthony Howell on the launch of his new collection of poetry, From Inside.

Howell makes no bones about aiming to jolt the listener with this violent stimulus
- his new collection of often uncomfortable poems. Chilcot, Arkan, Dick Cheney, the Middle East all find expression in these poems which take us beneath the external face of society. 

Howell taught in prisons until he was taken off the books for helping inmates write material the authorities deemed inappropriate. This experience informs the poems of From Inside. An incarcerated view and a criminal underworld get contrasted with an “overworld” of privilege and conspiracy. From Inside takes us beyond the pale of convenient mores, to lines which may have lost touch with decency.   

Reviews

‘Howell has style to spare and is happily unclassifiable.’  - Peter Porter,  The Observer

‘So much good poetry that one is astonished that Howell’s name is not better known.’   John Greening, The Poetry Review

‘Curiously strong.’ - John Ashbery, The PN Review

‘It is possible to overstress the similarities between one writer and another.  Howell, however, courts such an approach - not because he is an emulator, rather that he is an eclectic original’ – Peter Reading, The Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Anthony Howell’s
first collection, Inside the Castle, came out in 1969.  In 1973 he was invited to participate in the Iowa International Writers Program.  In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award. His versions of the poems of Statius were well received and those of Fawzi Karim were a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 2011.  He was the founder of The Theatre of Mistakes and editor of Grey Suit: Video for Art and Literature.  His most recent book of poems is Silent Highway, Anvil 2014.

'Threads: From the Refugee Crisis’ with Kate Evans
Wednesday 7th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Kate Evans, creator of the smash-hit Red Rosa, presents Threads: From the Refugee Crisis, a heartbreaking, full-colour graphic novel of the refugee.

In the French port town of Calais, the historic home of the lace industry, a city within a city has arisen. This new town, known as the Jungle, is the home of thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK.

Into this squalid shantytown of shipping containers and tents, full of rats and trash and devoid of toilets and safety, the artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans has produced this unforgettable book, filled with poignant images—by turns shocking, angering, wry, and heartbreaking.

Weaving into the story hostile comments about the migrants from nativist politicians and Internet trolls, Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times—making a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples. Evans’s creativity and passion as an artist, activist, and mother shine through.

Reviews

“Kate Evans is one of the most original talents in comics I’ve seen in a long time.” Steve Bell - The Guardian.

About the Author

Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist, and activist. She is the author of numerous books and zines including Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out.

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